Helen E. Cajigas, MD, MRO, FCAP
Founder, President & CEO, Massachusetts Hispanic Medical Association
Chair, Women in Medicine and Senior Volunteer Physicians Committees, Massachusetts Medical Society
Medical Laboratory Director, Medical Review Officer, Senior Pathology Consultant, Inspector
Dr. Cajigas is a Medical Director, Consultant, Inspector, and Medical Review Officer who trained in pathology and pathology subspecialties at the major Harvard Hospitals. A leader, teacher, and altruist, Dr. Cajigas has a track record of holding multiple leadership positions, teaching students, trainees and peers, as well as the community at-large, creating awareness about health topics in addition to opportunities for community involvement and personal and professional enrichment. Aside from serving as Advisor to medical students from all local and some out-of-town medical schools, Dr. Cajigas also has served as Advisor to pre-medical students from multiple universities including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. Dr. Cajigas has functioned as Advisor to Harvard College's Latinos in Health Careers and the Latino Medical Student Associations at the University of Massachusetts, Boston University, and Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Cajigas is very active in organized medicine including several medical societies. She is the founder, President, and CEO of the Massachusetts Hispanic Medical Association. She is the first Hispanic to Chair the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) Committee on Women in Medicine, and the Committee on Senior Volunteer Physicians, which she has been revamping. She also is a member of the House of Delegates, the Society' s policymaking body, and served as Ambassador of the MMS at an annual meeting of the American Medical Association in Chicago.
In addition, Dr. Cajigas is the first Hispanic to direct an Anatomic Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Department, as well as a Cytopathology Laboratory, at a Harvard Medical School-affiliated institution. She first researched the health status of Latinos in Massachusetts followed by the reproductive health status of Latinas in the Commonwealth. Dr. Cajigas has received many recognitions for her contributions to medicine, women's health, community service, and outstanding service leading national inspection teams to ensure compliance with the highest regulatory standards, thereby improving patient care. Dr. Cajigas is a visionary whose forward thinking and unwavering dedication to improving the health and overall status, especially of women, as well as disadvantaged populations, is commendable.
The Honorable Carmen M. Ortiz, Esq.
Former United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts
Former Co-Chair, Attorney General’s Healthcare Fraud Working Group
Former Member, Attorney General Eric Holder’s Advisory Committee
The Honorable Carmen M. Ortiz, Esq., a graduate of George Washington University Law School (J.D.) and Adelphi University (B.B.A.), was nominated as the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2009. She served with distinction in this position until January 14, 2017. Ms. Ortiz is the first woman and the first Hispanic-American to represent the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as U.S. Attorney.
As U.S. Attorney, Ms. Ortiz oversaw the work of over 200 attorneys and support staff in Boston, Springfield and Worcester. She implemented in 2010, the District’s first civil rights initiative, aimed at reinvigorating enforcement efforts of federal civil rights laws and increasing visibility among affected communities through extensive community outreach efforts. During her tenure as U.S. attorney, Ms. Ortiz oversaw the criminal prosecution of corrupt Massachusetts Speaker of the House Sal DiMasi, infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, and the prosecution in the Boston Marathon bombing. She also led the District of Massachusetts to some of the largest civil settlements in the United States history, including that of GlaxoSmithKline, a health care giant. Ms. Ortiz functioned as the chair of the Attorney General’s Healthcare Fraud Working Group. From 2012 until January 2014, she served on Attorney General Eric Holder’s Advisory Committee and was a member of the AGAC’s sub-committee on Civil Rights and White Collar Crime.
Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney, Ms. Ortiz was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Economic Crimes Unit of the U.S. attorney’s office in Massachusetts, and also served as grand jury supervisor. In addition, Ms. Ortiz also served for eight years as a state prosecutor, in Middlesex County, where she oversaw the district court and prosecuted homicides, sexual assaults, robberies and other felony cases.
Besides her public service, Ms. Ortiz was a senior trial attorney at the law firm of Morisi & Associates, P.C., concentrating on civil, criminal, and governmental agency litigation. She also was a program associate and training coordinator at the Harvard Law School’s Center for Criminal Justice (1989-1991). There she worked on the Harvard/Guatemala Criminal Justice Project, which entailed collaborating with the judiciary of Guatemala and other professionals to implement criminal justice reforms. On behalf of the National Football League, Ms. Ortiz investigated in 1991 allegations of sexual harassment made by a sportswriter against the New England Patriots. In 1992, she was part of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee team that investigated “October Surprise”, the Congressional inquiry into allegations that the 1980 Reagan-Bush presidential campaign delayed the release of 52 Americans held hostage by Iran.
Kevin Cranston, MDiv
Assistant Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Director, MDPH Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences
Former Director, MDPH HIV/AIDS Bureau & HIV/AIDS Program, Massachusetts Department of Education
A graduate from Harvard University's Master of Divinity degree, Mr. Cranston is Assistant Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and Director of the MDPH Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences. Mr. Cranston previously served as the Director of the MDPH HIV/AIDS Bureau and was HIV/AIDS Program Director at the Massachusetts Department of Education.
Prior to government work, Mr. Cranston was an adolescent HIV prevention specialist at The Children's Hospital, Boston. He is past Chair of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and served as a technical advisor to national, state, and provincial AIDS control programs in Nigeria, Brazil, and South Africa. Mr. Cranston serves as a member of the Massachusetts Special Legislative Commission on LGBT Aging and as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA).
Linda A. Moulton, BS, MA
CEO Executive & International Health, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center
Former CEO, TRU Technologies, Inc.
Ms. Moulton holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Brown University and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs/Middle East Economics from Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs.
Ms. Moulton’s senior executive experience includes both domestic and international finance and business development.
Before joining Lahey Health, Ms. Moulton was CEO of TRU Technologies, Inc., a Massachusetts-based privately-held technology company. Prior to that, she owned a strategic advisory firm, Goddard Advisory, which assisted small- and middle-market businesses with complex transactions such as mergers, divestitures and joint ventures. Ms. Moulton also served as the senior financial officer of SLI, Inc., a publicly traded $900 million manufacturing company.
Additionally, Ms. Moulton has held senior management positions in international and domestic banking in New York and Boston. Her current affiliations include being board member of the City Fresh Foods, Advisory Board member of the Asian-American Civic Association (AACA) Advisory Board member of the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice, member of the Board of Corporators of Beverly Bank, member of the International Business Board of Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM), member of the Alliance for Business Leadership, facilitator for The Board Forum, and member of the Board of Directors of San-Tron Inc. Ms. Moulton's previous affiliations include being Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for Lahey Health, Chair of the Investment Committee, and member of the committees on Executive, Finance, Strategy and Audit/Compliance on the Lahey Health Board of Trustees.
Lisa Gruenberg, MD, FACOG
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Division of Global Health Equity and Department of Ob/Gyn, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Dr. Lisa Gruenberg is an Ob-Gyn, writer, medical educator, and candidate for the Master of Sciences in Health Professions Education at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute. She is director of the annual Massachusetts Medical Society Student Conference on Global and Community Health. Dr. Gruenberg has been involved with preclinical teaching for thirteen years, currently focusing on anatomy, histology and the Introduction to Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is a volunteer physician with Health Care Without Walls, which is one of the free medical programs sponsored by the MMMS' Committee on Senior Volunteer Physicians. Dr. Gruenberg performs forensic examinations for asylum seekers through Physicians for Human Rights. She is a medical officer in the International Medical Surgical Disaster Response Team (IMSuRT-East,) a federal disaster response team and has worked on projects in South Africa, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Liberia and the Indian Health Service. Dr. Gruenberg was awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant and was hosted by the University of Melbourne at their Rural Academic Center in 2015. Her essays have been published in Ploughshares, Vital signs, and The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine.
Avik Chatterjee, MD, MPH
Physician, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
Associate Epidemiologist, Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
A graduate of Harvard College, Dr. Avik Chatterjee, currently is a physician at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), where he cares for both children and adults experiencing homelessness at various shelter-based clinics throughout the Boston area.
Dr. Chatterjee grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. After graduating from college, he taught high school chemistry in Newark, New Jersey, for two years. He obtained a medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, before completing an internal medicine and pediatrics a residency at Yale - New Haven Hospital. After residency, Dr. Chatterjee completed a fellowship in general internal medicine and primary care at Harvard Medical School. Subsequently, he started practicing full-time at BHCHP. He advises pre-medical students at Harvard College and is an Instructor at Harvard Medical School through the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Dr. Chatterjee's research interests include nutrition and food security in homeless families, as well as opioid addiction among those experiencing homelessness.
Marian C. Craighill, MD, MPH, FACOG
Chair, Committee on LGBT Matters, Massachusetts Medical Society
Northeast Regional Medical Director, UnitedHealthcare Clinical Services
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
A Harvard College graduate, Dr. Marian Craighill obtained her medical degree from the University of California San Francisco. She did the combined MD-MPH program with UC Berkeley School of Public Health getting her Master’s in Public Health in Maternal and Child Welfare. Dr. Craighill did her internship and residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN). After completing her OBGYN training, she did an additional year of Doctoral work in Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She then actively practiced for seventeen years at the Brigham and Women's as well as Children's Hospital. Her specialty is Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology and she was the Chief of Gynecology for eight years at Children's Hospital. Dr. Craighill made a mid-career move to Administrative Medicine, which she has been doing for more than a decade. She is the Northeast Regional Medical Director for UnitedHealthcare Clinical Services.
Dr. Craighill has been very active in organized medicine since medical school when she served as National Chair of the Women in Medicine Task Force for the American Medical Student Association AMSA). There she began an ultimately successful campaign to get the American Medical Association (AMA) to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. When she moved to Massachusetts, there was a Student Section at the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) but no Resident Physician Section (RPS). Therefore, Dr. Craighill organized the MMS-RPS that year. The same later held true for the MMS Young Physicians Section and she served for 12 years on the AMA Delegation from Massachusetts. She was appointed by the AMA to serve on the Residency Review Committee (RRC) for OBGYN and was the first Young Physician Section representative to be put on an RRC. She has served on multiple MMS Committees and as President of the MMS Suffolk District. Currently, Dr. Craighill Chairs the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Matters for MMS as well as the Nominating Committee for her Suffolk Medical District. Dr. Marian Craighill was born in Japan, is fluent in Japanese and has been living in the United States since nine years of age.
Carole E. Allen, MD, FAAP
Massachusetts Health Policy Commission; Committee Chair, Care Delivery and Payment System Transformation
Past President, Academy of Pediatrics, Massachusetts Chapter
Former Member, Board of Directors, American Academy of Pediatrics
Dr. Carole E. Allen is a board certified pediatrician who practiced in Massachusetts for 37 years before retiring in 2011. She began her career working at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, then ran a private pediatric practice in Arlington, and finally served as Director of Pediatrics for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, a highly regarded multispecialty medical group in the Boston area. Dr. Allen recently served on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Board of Directors representing New England. She is a past president of the AAP’s Massachusetts Chapter.
A graduate of Cornell University and Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM), Carole completed her pediatric residency at Boston City Hospital and Boston’s Floating Hospital for Children. She has held faculty positions as Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School and BU School of Medicine and is currently President of the TUSM Medical Alumni Council. Dr. Allen is a delegate to the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) , where she is a Trustee. She received a Woman Physician Leadership Award from MMS' Committee on Women in Medicine. A prior chair of the Tobacco Free Mass Coalition, Dr. Allen has received numerous awards for her advocacy work in prevention of tobacco use and exposure. Since December 2012, she has served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC), established to address rising health care costs, where she also chairs the HPC’s Care Delivery and Payment System Transformation committee. Dr. Allen is currently enrolled in an executive MBA program through Brandeis University, with expected graduation in May 2017.
Dr. Allen and her husband of almost 50 years have a gay son and a transgender son. Both are married and are parents to Carole and Tom’s 2 wonderful grandchildren.
Chelsea Collins Gordner, DO, MPH
Founder and Director, Pediatric Gender Clinic, Baystate Children’s Hospital.
Director of Inpatient Diabetes, Assistant Professor, Adult & Pediatric Endocrinology, Baystate Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts Medical School
Dr. Chelsea Gordner is board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology as wells as Internal Medicine and Adult Endocrinology. Dr. Gordner obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Dr. Gordner trained in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Baystate Medical Center where she also completed a combined Adult and Pediatric Endocrine Fellowship. She is dedicated to the education of fellows in the Adult and Pediatric Endocrine Fellowships. Dr. Gordner is the Director of Inpatient Diabetes at Baystate Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts Medical School. She is committed to improving the health of patients with diabetes across western Massachusetts. Dr. Gordner is the founder and director of the Pediatric Gender Clinic at Baystate Children’s Hospital.
Enrique Caballero, MD
Director, Latino Diabetes Initiative, and Medical Affairs-Professional Education, Joslin Diabetes Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Endocrinologist and Clinical Researcher
Dr. Caballero is the Director of the Latino Diabetes Initiative, Director of International Professional Education, Staff Endocrinologist and Clinical Investigator at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, MA. He is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Caballero developed the Joslin Latino Diabetes Initiative that was launched in the summer of 2002. This is a comprehensive effort that integrates culturally oriented activities in the areas of patient care and education, community outreach, research and professional education. This initiative has received local, regional, national and international recognition.
Through his work, Dr. Caballero is committed to identifying effective culturally oriented and community based strategies that may contribute to the elimination of health care disparities.
His research interests include type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention as well as diabetes in racial/ethnic minorities. He is a co-investigator of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, the LookAhead Program and the Diabetes Education Study, all sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Caballero has written various publications on pre-diabetes, obesity, endothelial dysfunction, diabetes in Latinos and the chapter of Diabetes in Minorities in the prestigious Joslin’s Diabetes Mellitus textbook. He is also a reviewer for multiple prestigious medical journals.
Dr. Caballero frequently lectures nationally and internationally in the areas of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and diabetes in minorities. He has been the chair for the Latino Diabetes Education Program for the American Diabetes Association, Vice chair of the Health Care Disparities Committee of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and has worked closely with other national and international organizations. He is also a tutor of the Culturally Competent Care Curriculum at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Caballero graduated from the National University of Mexico Medical School where he was awarded with the “Gabino Barreda” medal for the highest level of academic achievement in his class. He then completed his residency in Internal medicine and fellowship in Endocrinology at the National Institute of Nutrition in Mexico, and went on to complete a master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology in Mexico. In addition, he completed a fellowship program in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Lahey Clinic/Deaconess Hospital/Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston and the Program on Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Caballero is also the recipient of the 2009 “Alberto Houssay” award by the National Minority Quality Forum, the 2011 award by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists for his work on health care disparities and with underserved populations and the 2012 Distinguished Community Service and Leadership Award by ALPFA Health Care. He has been recognized for the last five years in a row as one of the 100 most influential people in the Latino community according to El Planeta newspaper.
Alejandra St. Guillen, MEd
Director, Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement
Alejandra St. Guillen was appointed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh in 2014 as the Director of the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians with the mandate to strengthen the ability of residents from diverse cultural and linguistic communities to fully participate in the social, economic, cultural and civic life of the city. During her tenure thus far, Alejandra has leveraged public-private partnerships to expand staff capacity and launch new initiatives, such as the Immigrant Integration & Empowerment Project, as well as the New American Corners.
Prior to her appointment, Alejandra served as the Executive Director of ¿Oiste?, Latino Civic and Political Organization. In this role, she collaborated with state legislators and other governmental officials in the development and promotion of Public Policy initiatives that have directly impacted the Latino community in Massachusetts, that include Education Reform, Economic Justice Policy and Electoral Reform.
Alejandra has demonstrated a strong commitment to social justice, and has worked tirelessly as an educator, community organizer, and non-profit leader. She led a statewide coalition in demanding a fair and broad state Redistricting process in 2011 that resulted in the creation of twice as many minority-majority seats in the House and the Senate.
Born and raised in Mission Hill, Alejandra is a graduate of the Boston Latin School and a City Year alumnus. Alejandra began her career in education, first as a teacher for 4 years in New York City and Boston and then in the non-profit sector working to promote educational access opportunities for city youth. She holds a B.A. in Economics and African-American Studies from Wesleyan University and a Master in Education from the City College of New York.
Andrew P. Cohen, JD
Staff Attorney, Health Law Advocates
Project Director, HLA Immigrant Health Care Initiative
Andrew P. Cohen is a Staff Attorney at Health Law Advocates (HLA) and Project Director of HLA’s Immigrant Health Care Initiative. He co-founded and facilitates the Immigrant Healthcare Access Coalition, which brings together more than 50 organizations across Massachusetts to engage in collective policy advocacy. Andrew has more than 10 years of experience as a consumer advocate, community organizer, and health care policy analyst. He graduated from Northeastern University School of Law and holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as Bachelor’s degrees in Government and French from Wesleyan University. Andrew is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.
Josiemer Mattei, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor of Nutrition, Department of Nutrition
Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Dr. Mattei is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at the Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She obtained a bachelor's degree in Industrial Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico, and a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition. She investigates dietary, genetic, and psychosocial determinants of cardiometabolic diseases and physiological stress (allostatic load) in ethnic and racial groups, particularly Latinos in the United States and Latin America, as a framework to explain health disparities. Dr. Mattei also works in creating community and population-based health promotion programs for Latinos. Her multiple pilot funding awards, and a K01 Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity from the NIH-National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, support Dr. Mattei in pursuing two major lines of research: (1) evaluating the relationship between sociocultural factors and diet quality, and how the traditional Latino diets relate to cardio-metabolic outcomes using population-based studies of diverse Latino ethnicities in the United States and Puerto Rico (the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study, the Costa Rican Myocardial Infarction Study, and the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study on Latinos, among others); and (2) developing culturally-tailored dietary interventions and nutritional programs to improve consumption of high-quality traditional foods as a strategy for diabetes and obesity prevention in Puerto Rico and among Latinos living in Boston. Dr. Mattei's work extends to several Latin American countries through a global collaborative initiative. Dr. Mattei works diligently towards the inclusion and advancement of under-represented groups in epidemiologic and community studies, of minority students in public health education, and of women and minorities in science and academia.
Leo Stolbach, MD, FACP, FRCPS(C)
Medical Oncologist, Senior Affiliate in Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Member, Legislative Committee, Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare (MassCare)
Co-Founder, Mind/Body Program for Cancer Patients, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
A 1958 graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Dr. Stolbach joined the Division of Oncology at the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain and the Department of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine in 1964. This began his career as a medical oncologist, which has included teaching, patient care, clinical research, and laboratory research
Throughout his career, Dr. Stolbach has held academic positions with all four medical schools in the state, including full professorships at Boston University Medical School and the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and he currently holds the rank of senior affiliate in medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
In 1985, he co-founded and co-led a Mind/Body Program for Cancer Patients, a support program for cancer patients at the Beth Israel Hospital and New England Deaconess Hospital. In 1991, Dr. Stolbach became Director of Hematology/Oncology at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester and established and co-led a similar mind-body program there. He retired from clinical practice in 1998. He is presently co-leading a mind-body program for cancer patients at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He has also participated for 15 years in the Massachusetts Medical Malpractice Tribunal as a reviewer for cases involving medical oncology. Dr. Stolbach is an active member of the Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare (MassCare), created "to establish a Single Payer Health Care System in Massachusetts so that all residents of the Commonwealth will have access to comprehensive, quality, affordable and equitable health care because it is basic to life and human dignity."
He has received many awards including the MA Medical Oncologist of the Year awarded by the MA Society of Clinical Oncologists, and is the recipient of the 2014 Senior Volunteer of the Year awarded by the Massachusetts Medical Society's Committee on Senior Volunteer Physicians.
Maria Termini, MFA
Health Activist, Public Speaker, Artist, Author, Musician
Member, Legislative Committee, Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare (MassCare)
Maria Termini is a public speaker and has worked as an artist, author, musician, and health activist. She is an active member of Boston Toastmasters. Her art is in the collections of the Fogg Museum, the Boston Public Library, and over 100 non-profits. Her most recent book is Driving Curiosity: On the Road in Central America. She has traveled extensively in Latin America and worked with Habitat for Humanity, Ecclesia Ministries in Boston, and Mass Care: the Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Health Care. She also served in the US Peace Corps in Bolivia.
Maria Termini believes strongly in the power of words and stories and is challenged to create speeches with impact and meaning. Some of the titles and topics Maria Termini has spoken on include: “True Health Care Reform (Single-Payer Health Care)”, “Closing the School of the Americas (WHINSEC)”, “Driving Curiosity: On the Road in Central America”, “Bolivia: Its Land and People,” “Solitude and Splendor: Living in the Schoolhouse in the Forest,” and “Just Imagine: Living your Life as a Work of Art.”
As an activist for health care and human rights, Maria Termini is an active member of the Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare (MassCare). She has focused on outreach and education to faith based congregations about justice in health care. She believes that only a non-profit system of single-payer health care can make health care the human right that it truly is and provide everyone with health care that is affordable and comprehensive.
Elizabeth González Suárez, MA
Vice-President of Community Life, The Community Builders, Inc
Former Director, Community Health Practice, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Former Deputy Director of the U54 Partnership Outreach Program
Ms. Elizabeth González Suárez has served as Vice-President of Community Life (CL) for The Community Builders, Inc. (TCB), in Boston since 2016. She advances the powerful role that TCB and partner institutions can play in providing stability and social connections for seniors and access to opportunity for families in TCB communities.
Ms. Suarez previously served as the Director of Community Health Practice at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and the Deputy Director of the U54 Partnership Outreach Program. Most of her 20-year tenure with DFCI was dedicated to designing and implementing evidence-based programs that promote public health among high-risk and underserved populations.
Ms. Suarez serves on the HRiA (Health Resources in Action) Board, and the Jordan Boys & Girls Club Advisory Board. Ms. Suarez previously conducted research on community-based approaches to health promotion and cancer prevention. She was an active member of the DFCI’s diversity initiative, targeting programs to increase representation of people of color into the health professions. She received her bachelor and master’s degrees in psychology from Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela. She is married with two lovely sons and is a strong community arts supporter and advocate.
Carmen L. Soto-Rivera, MD
Pediatric Endocrinologist, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Carmen L. Soto-Rivera is a Pediatric Endocrinologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. She was born in Puerto Rico, and received her BS in Biology and her medical degree with honors at the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Soto specialized in Pediatrics at the University Pediatric Hospital in San Juan, where she also served as Chief Resident. After completing a fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at Boston Children’s Hospital, she joined the faculty in 2014. Dr. Soto has led clinical research on endocrine diseases related to critical illness and her clinical focus is neuroendocrinology. She has presented her work at various national meetings and published in peer-reviewed journals. Since her early years in training. Dr. Soto has been interested in mentoring and medical education. She was chosen to participate as one of the Future Leaders Advancing Research in Endocrinology (FLARE) as well as a scholar member of The Academy at Boston Children’s Hospital, a local society of expert medical educators. Dr. Soto serves as Vice-President of the Massachusetts Hispanic Medical Association.
Caroline Marten-Ellis, OD, MD
Ophthalmologist and an Optometrist, Tufts Medical Center
Dr. Marten-Ellis is both an ophthalmologist and an optometrist who obtained her Optometry Doctor degree from the New England College of Optometry. A graduate from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dr. Marten-Ellis completed her internship in internal medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and her residency in ophthalmology at the New England Medical Center. After becoming Board-certified in ophthalmology and having a successful solo practice for several years, Dr. Marten-Ellis joined Tufts New England Eye Center where she practiced until 2010. Thereafter, Dr. Marten-Ellis was involved in teaching how to do refractions to Tufts ophthalmology residents. An expert in ophthalmology and optometry, Dr. Marten-Ellis is highly regarded by her colleagues for her incredible amount of knowledge not only in ophthalmology but also in general medicine. Dr. Marten-Ellis stands out for her conscientiousness and compassion towards all patients. Admired immensely by her patients, they miss receiving her superb clinical are and enjoying her excellent bedside manners and humility. She embodies what it takes to be a true caring physician. Dr. Marteen-Ellis has two children, both MIT graduates, and enjoys travelling with her husband, an MIT Professor, around the world.
Jorge Villafuerte, MD
Chief, Orthopedic Surgery, Boston VA Healthcare System
Orthopedic Surgeon, Boston University and Harvard Medical School
Dr. Villafuerte received his medical degree from the University of Costa Rica where he also completed his residency specializing in orthopedic surgery. He subsequently completed in several fellowships around the world including leg lengthening and limb reconstruction through Sheffield University at Northern General Hospital NHS, Sheffield UK; hand and upper extremity surgery through Tufts University at New England Medical Center and New England Baptist Hospital; Sports Medicine, Trauma, joint replacement and orthopedic oncology through Harvard Medical School at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital.
After obtaining his full unrestricted medical license to practice medicine in Massachusetts, Dr. Villafuerte joined the VA Boston Healthcare System, where he has been serving as an attending for more than 8 years, and now is the Chief of Orthopedics, proudly given the highest care possible to the US Veteran population.
Dr. Villafuerte also serves as a teaching faculty for Orthopedic residents from Boston University and Harvard Medical School. He was awarded the 2014 Resident Teaching award from the Boston University Orthopedic Residents for his commitment to teaching. In August 2013, he was certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.
Dr. Villafuerte's areas of expertise include: joint replacement; primary and revision surgery at the shoulder, hip, knee and elbow; treatment of bone and soft tissue tumors; periprostetic fractures; and trauma surgery.
Francisco Javier Díaz, SJ, MD
Clinical Instructor, Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Former Clinical Director, Family Medicine, Spanish Catholic Center Medical Clinic, Washington DC
Former Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC
Dr. Diaz is a board-certified family physician from Costa Rica who completed graduate studies in Philosophy in his native country and at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the Texas Tech University family medicine residency program in 2009. Shortly afterwards, Dr. Diaz served as a full-time family physician and Clinical Director of Family Medicine at the Spanish Catholic Center Medical Clinic in Washington DC, a Catholic Charities clinic for immigrants and refugees where he worked until May of 2013. He had an appointment as Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D. C., from 2011 to 2013. He then moved to Massachusetts to pursue a Masters of Divinity program at Boston College, as he completed his formation to become a priest. As part of his call to serve, he will be volunteering at Free Medical Clinics sponsored by the Massachusetts Medical Society's Committee on Senior Volunteer Physicians, as his main medical practice. Dr. Diaz's main clinical interests include fertility appreciation and fertility care, NaProTechnology, and restorative reproductive medicine. He enjoys hiking, German, French, and watching movies.
Alan Bonder, MD
Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine. Harvard Medical School
Dr. Bonder is a gastroenterologist and hepatologist at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine. Harvard Medical School. His current clinical research has focused on non-invasive markers of liver fibrosis in predicting complications of liver disease, such as portal hypertension. He has mainly investigated impedance elastography (fibroscan) in the non-invasive assessment of liver fibrosis. The fibroscan machine uses a probe, which sends a shear wave into the liver and then determines of the speed of this wave, as dictated by the liver stiffness. Dr. Bonder has examined the utility of this new technology in predicting clinical outcomes in populations of patients with advanced liver disease. Furthermore, he has developed novel algorithms for patients with hepatitis C in the post transplant setting, to determine when patients should optimally receive the new antiviral medications. Recently, he has commenced a prospective pilot study in cirrhosis, which applies innovative treatments in patients with hyponatremia and acute kidney injury. During this past year, Dr. Bonder has helped implement a parallel liver transplant consult service in the inpatient setting. This has been specifically designed to take care of patients who are currently listed or are admitted with complications after having a liver transplant. This service will also be part of the teaching curriculum for the liver transplant fellows. Since May 2015, Dr. Bonder is one of two Hepatology faculty that conduct evaluations for our new living donor liver transplant program. Dr. Bonder recently started a clinic for Spanish-speaking patients that is growing rapidly.
Gustavo Perdomo, DMD
Prosthodontics, Reconstructive, Implant and Esthetic Dentistry
The Smile Institute in Brookline MA
Dr. Gustavo Perdomo attended the Javeriana University Dental School in Bogota, Colombia, where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.
After completing one year of private practice in Caracas, Venezuela, he entered the two-year program in prosthodontics at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine in 1983, receiving a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Prosthodontics (CAGS. Following graduation, Dr. Perdomo returned to Colombia and opened a private specialty practice in Bogota and taught at two local dental schools, The Javeriana University and The Colombian Dental School, as an Assistant Clinical Professor. In 1999, Dr. Perdomo received his D.M.D. degree from Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine and assumed the position of Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences and Biomaterials. His duties as a Clinical Professor included preclinical laboratory activities for Prosthodontics and Implantology, intramural patient care and supervision of residents.
From 2003 to 2008, Dr. Perdomo worked at Advanced Dental Technology, Inc., in Stoneham, MA as a Prosthodontist Clinical Dental Lab Consultant where he provided clinical and technical support to ADT and clinicians in their offices. In 2007, he worked with Dr. Stefan Neeser as an Associate Prosthodontist in his Prosthodontics Specialty Practice in Wayland, MA.
Dr. Gustavo Perdomo also worked as a Prosthodontist in his own Practice at GP Dental Care in Weymouth,MA and in a General Practice in Braintree, MA for two years. He also worked for five years in Lawrence, Chelmsford, Boston, Somerville, Roslindale and West Harwich, MA. From 2015 to 2016, he worked at in Roslindale and Bourne, MA. Dr. Perdomo continues to work in Bourne and recently joined The Smile Institute in Brookline MA, where he provides prosthodontics, reconstructive, implant and esthetic dentistry.
Dr. Perdomo has lectured nationally and internationally and is an active member of multiple national and international dental societies. In his spare time, Dr. Perdomo devotes his time and talents to his lovely wife Dr. Claudia Lievano, also a dentist, and their four children with whom he resides in Newton, MA.
Patient Education and Research Coordinator, Joslin Diabetes Center
Nutrition and Dietetics, Diabetes Education
Andreina Millan-Ferro is a dietitian who serves as the patient education and research coordinator of the Latino Diabetes Initiative at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.
She studied at the Central University of Venezuela, where received the Lorenzo Campins and Ballester award from the Faculty of Medicine as the top student in her program.
Andreina's role ensures that the Latino Initiative's education program is aligned perfectly with Joslin’s Care structure and mission. She is implementing a rigorous evaluation strategy to assess the impact of all educational activities on patients in the program. Andreina also is the study coordinator for the research protocols of the Latino Initiative. She has published in peer-review journals and participated in multiple health fairs with the Massachusetts Hispanic Medical Association educating the community about nutrition-related topics and teaching medical students how to perform glucose screenings.
Apolo J. Cátala Gámbaro, JD
Farmers Market Manager, Urban Farming Institute of Boston, Inc.
Community Representative, Tuffs Medical Center Institutional Research Board
Manager, Oasis, Ballou Farm, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation
Mr. Apolo J. Cátala Gámbaro is an experienced gardener who has transitioned from law to sustainable urban farming. He is committed to i) providing access to inner city communities to nutritious as well as locally grown produce and ii) exploring and strengthening the relationships between growing such produce in urban settings, inner city wellness, and environmental health on broadest level. Mr. Cátala Gámbaro has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Hobart College and a Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University School of Law. He is a veteran of several boards of directors of non-profit organizations, including the Tuffs Medical Center Institutional Research Board where he is currently a long-standing community representative. Mr. Cátala Gámbaro also teaches urban farming and food system issues as a substitute teacher in the Boston School System. Building on his extensive gardening experience, Mr. Cátala Gámbaro most recently trained and apprenticed with the Urban Farming Institute of Boston in 2015 at various urban farms in Boston. He continues his involvement with the Urban Farming Institute on various projects, including managing the Institute’s participation in several farmers’ markets in Boston as well as marketing for those markets. Mr. Cátala Gámbaro also manages the Oasis on Ballou Farm, a community centric urban farm owned by the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation. While primarily engaged in conventional urban farming, i.e. soil based farming, Mr. Cátala Gámbaro is particularly interested in and working on agricultural innovations, including growing pesticide free produce year round in roof mounted climate controlled greenhouses using hydroponic cultivating practices, i.e. soilless farming.
Kruti Patel, MD
Internal Medicine, Hospitalist
Saint Luke's Hospital, Duluth, Minnesota
Kruti Patel, MD is a board certified internist specializing in hospitalist medicine. Born and raised in Chicago, Dr. Patel earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Patel subsequently completed an Internal Medicine residency at Winthrop University Hospital in New York. Upon completion of training, she began working in hospitalist medicine with special interest in peri-operative management. Currently, she is a hospitalist at Saint Luke's Hospital, Duluth, Minnesota. Passionate about anesthesiology, Dr. Patel likes to focus on special procedures. She is looking forward to participating in anesthesiology research this summer, followed by a specialty switch to anesthesiology. During her spare time Dr. Patel enjoys traveling and cooking.
Keisha N. Fred is an account manager at a marketing software company based off in Needham, MA. She has extensive experience in the media marketing sphere having worked with clients such as Pepsi Beverages and Johnson & Johnson as well as serving as a freelance consultant for emerging start-ups. Keisha is a proud graduate of Wellesley College where she majored in Peace & Justice in addition to French and International Honors Program in which she embarked on a world-travelling experience studying Global Health. While at Wellesley College, Keisha showed her leadership skills and passion of helping disenfranchised populations. Keisha is in the journey of obtaining her dream to become a lawyer and continue promoting social justice, healthcare access, and equality.
Katie Goble, MD
Pediatrics Resident, Massachusetts General Hospital
Clinical Fellow in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Goble is originally from Acton, MA and attended Barnard College in New York City where she studied Neuroscience. After graduation, she completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Spain in neuroimmunology. Following medical school at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, she began her pediatric residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Upon completion of her residency this summer, she will begin work as a pediatric hospitalist in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Goble was active in the Massachusetts Medical School during medical school and continues to be involved in medical student mentoring through the society's Committee on Women in Medicine.
Ammu Thampi Susheela, MD
Research Fellow, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School
Vice-Chair, Harvard Medical Postdoctoral Association
Dr. Ammu Thampi Susheela was trained in India and United States. She obtained a medical degree from the Kempagowda Institute of Medical Sciences in Bangalore, India. While being a junior resident in India, Dr. Susheela was actively involved in various health initiatives including rural camps clinics, health screening check-ups in schools and health education seminars for women and children. She then came to United States and after being at the Cleveland Clinic, she has worked as a research fellow in gastroenterology in BIDMC. Dr. Susheela is very passionate about community activities and has helped organize numerous events of American College of Physicians and Massachusetts Medical Society. She is the vice chair of Harvard Medical Postdoctoral Association, and a governing board member of the Task Force of Physician Patient collaboration of the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS). She was one of the few representatives of MMS at the American Medical Association annual meeting in Chicago last year. Dr. Susheela has a passion for innovation, technology, writing and health care.
Ahmed Kurdi, MD
Research Fellow, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Ahmed Kurdi is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. His research focuses on understanding the perturbed immunoregulatory processes that accompany the progression of multiple myeloma. His work aims to polarize (re-educate) the immune system to efficiently recognize and eliminate cancer cells. He continues to pursue his research interests in autoimmune diseases, namely multiple sclerosis, in collaboration with his previous laboratory at the Center for Neurologic Diseases in Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH).
As an applicant to the 2017 Match, Ahmed aims to pursue residency in internal medicine followed by a sub-specialization in gastroenterology. He envisions for himself a future in academic medicine where he avidly pursues research as a physician-scientist and actively participates in medical education.
Dr. Kurdi graduated with a medical degree from the American University of Beirut in 2013 and has a keen interest in pursuing a career in internal medicine. During his undergraduate medical education, he has been awarded the Alpha Omega Alpha student 2012 research fellowship award. In Boston, he currently partakes in teaching second year Harvard medical students physical examination and history taking skills along with precepting their encounters with patients. In addition, he has served as a mentor in the BWH postdoctoral mentoring circle program. He continues to volunteer with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, a unique assembly of health care professionals playing music to support of community partners in Massachusetts. In his spare time he enjoys biking around Boston, cooking, photography, and playing the saxophone.
Karen Joanie Campoverde Reyes, MD
Research Fellow, Neuroendocrine Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Teaching Assistant II PPCR Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Dr. Karen Joanie Campoverde Reyes was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She obtained her medical degree from the Technologic Institute of Monterrey, Mexico. Dr. Campoverde Reyes has been collaborating in Pediatric Research at the Neuroendocrine Unit of the Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School since 2015 and currently is a Research Fellow at the same Institutions. In addition, she is a Teaching Assistant II at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she helps enrich international fellows' knowledge on Principles of Clinical Research. Dr. Campoverde Reyes received the Early Career member award for ENDO 2017 and is currently a member of the Endocrine Society Her research interests are endocrinological aspects of kids with autism, obesity, anorexia nervosa, and athletes.
Clinical Research Coordinator, Neuroendocrine Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital
Alexander Toth is a Clinical Research Coordinator for The Massachusetts General Hospital’s Neuroendocrine Unit. He runs an interventional study exploring the use of estrogen replacement therapy to improve bone health in amenhorreic female athletes as well as a non-interventional study tracking the effects of bariatric weight loss surgery on bone health in adolescents. Previously he worked for Dartmouth College’s Health and Wellness Department where he focused on sexual violence prevention. In his spare time, Alex enjoys whitewater kayaking and is a team paddler for Jackson Kayaks.
Aurian García González, MD-PhD Candidate
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Aurian García González is a fifth-year MD/PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she is focused on understanding the role of our diet and our microbiome in how our bodies respond to medications. Ms. García González received a dual Bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology and Mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico, where she graduated with the highest honors. Since moving to Massachusetts, she has been committed to helping recruit and train successful Latinas interested in pursuing careers in science and medicine. Thus, she has collaborated with organizations around the city of Worcester and with high school and undergraduate students. To advance her latter goals, Ms. Garcia Gonzalez has participated in health fairs, student panels, networking and mentoring events in conjunction with the Massachusetts Hispanic Medical Association (MAHMA), in which she serves as liaison between that organization and UMass Medical School students. Her outside interests include theater, dancing and cooking her grandmother's recipes.
Peter Cruz-Gordillo, MD-PhD Candidate
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Peter Cruz-Gordillo is a fourth-year MD/PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he studies the signaling dynamics underlying rapid cellular adaptation to cancer chemotherapeutics and targeted therapies, resulting in therapeutic resistance. Mr. Cruz-Gordillo earned his Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Biochemistry from Duke University and worked for a time in the Cancer Program at the Broad Institute. During his time in UMass Medical School, he has been actively involved in student government, with the goal of improving the educational and professional development experience of his current and future colleagues. He has lead efforts, ranging from organizing school-sponsored community charity events to creating student group and alumni networking web tools to directing internal school renovation projects. Additionally, with the goal in mind of mentoring the next generation of physician-scientists, he has participated in student panels, networking and mentoring events organized by the local and state medical organizations, such as the Worcester District Medical and Massachusetts Medical Societies. He also has served as a liaison between Massachusetts Hispanic Medical Association (MAHMA) and UMass Medical School students. His hobbies include playing golf, cooking, and watching films.
Jorge Finke, MD Candidate
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Jorge is a 4th year student at the University of Massachusetts Medical School currently in the process of applying for a Family Medicine residency. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston. Jorge was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States with his mother at the age of four. He grew up in Lawrence, MA with his mother and grandmother. Jorge hopes that by pursuing a career in family medicine, he can go back to Lawrence to work with underserved populations in his hometown.
Caroline Yang, MD Candidate
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Caroline is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Massachusetts Medical School with a strong interest in health policy, population health, and healthcare innovation. She completed her undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University in neuroscience and business with a hope to bring those two fields together in practice. Through medical school, Caroline has become committed to improving healthcare access and delivery, as well as medical education. She was co-president of the Worcester free clinic coalition, has written health policy, and has held leadership roles within the American Medical Association and the Massachusetts Medical Society. In her spare time, Caroline loves to travel, dance, and learn the ukulele.
Catherine Gutierrez, MD/PhD Candidate
Harvard Medical School
Catherine Gutierrez is a third-year MD/PhD student at Harvard Medical School (HMS). She is currently pursuing her PhD in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program at HMS, studying tumor heterogeneity in chronic lymphocytic leukemia at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Catherine is a first generation immigrant from Colombia, and her family has experienced great hardship due to lack of health insurance. This has led to a deep interest in addressing racial and socioeconomic disparities in the context of health-care, and she hopes to be able to influence and contribute to policy-making in the realm of cancer research and therapeutics.
Gabriella Roxanne Herrera, MD Candidate
Harvard Medical School
Gabriella Herrera is a first-year medical student at Harvard Medical School. She completed her undergraduate degree in Neurobiology, with a minor in Ethnicity, Migration & Rights, at Harvard College. She has participated in research fellowships with Stanford Institutes of Medicine Research, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (Harvard University), National Institutes of Health (University of California, San Francisco), and the Center for Disease Control (UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital of Oakland). Her other clinical experiences include time spent at University of California, Davis, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Codman Square Health Center (Boston, MA). She is currently the Harvard Medical School Latino Medical Student Association Co-Chair. Gabriella is a proud Californian from Tracy, CA. During her studies at Harvard College, Gabriella was actively involved in leadership, serving as President of Latinos in Health Careers and liaison of Harvard College Students with the Massachusetts Hispanic Medical Association (MAHMA). At Harvard Medical School, Gabriella now serves a liaison between Harvard medical students and MAHMA.
Michael Anthony McClurkin, MD Candidate
Harvard Medical School
Michael McClurkin is a medical degree candidate at Harvard Medical School. He received a BA from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Michael is a former President of Harvard’s Student National Medical Association and currently serves on the Massachusetts Medical Society's Committee on Membership. His career interests include Ophthalmology, Health Disparities, and Health Policy.
Ruben Monarrez, MD Candidate
Harvard Medical School
Ruben's research focuses on antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic stewardship. He spent two years at the MGH in Dr. David Hooper’s Laboratory studying it. His academic interests surround health policy and healthcare management having spent time working around these subjects after undergraduate with a faculty member at the Warren Alpert Medical School. He is keeping an open mind regarding what he specializes in, but is strongly considering Infectious Disease or Cardiology. In his spare time he likes running, biking, reading, attending art exhibits, and hiking.
Daniel Mason, MD Candidate
Harvard Medical School
Daniel is from Denver, CO and graduated from the University of Denver with a BA in International Studies. He participated in medical brigades and a global health internship in Honduras, in addition to studying abroad in a public health program in Brazil with SIT during college. His interests include primary care, global public health, health care policy and working in underserved minority communities.
José Omar Gutierres, MD Candidate
Harvard Medical School
José Omar is originally from Mexico City, where he resided until turning 10 years old when he moved with his family to Dayton, Ohio. For his undergraduate studies, he attended Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he majored in Medical Anthropology and completed a minor in Chemistry.
After graduation, José Omar came to Harvard Medical School to pursue a doctor of medicine degree. During his studies, he took two years extra to work in policy with the Director of Health of Ohio, and this year to do Nephrology research at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. José Omar will start his senior year at HMS this year.
Prior to medical school, most of José Omar's extracurricular activities included: community service, tutoring and mentoring at a non-profit organization in the West side of Cleveland, where there are a majority of Puerto Rican students. He also was heavily involved in the Latino student's organization, where he coordinated service activities and dance lessons. In medical school, he has been similarly involved in Latino Medical Student Association. His other activities included the Family Van, third space (and arts and humanities medical journal) and the Healthcare Management Interest Group.
José Omar will apply for residency this coming September. He is interested in internal medicine and sub-specializing in cardiology or nephrology. His hobbies include lots of soccer, painting, dancing and meditation.
Steven Young, MD Candidate
Tufts University School of Medicine
Born in Texas and raised in California, Steven Young is a 4th year transplant to the east coast at Tufts University School of Medicine. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a Bachelor’s in Microbiology and a Minors in Chinese Language. Prior to medical school, he served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer for two years in South America. In medical school, he has been very involved with organized medicine such as the Massachusetts Medical Society and the American Medical Association from serving in various committees to mentoring junior students on the resolution crafting process. Steven is hoping to match into Anesthesia this year. Outside of medical school, his nose will be buried in books, puzzles; hands dirtied from cooking; and feet sore from running and working out.
Barnabas Yik, MD Candidate
Tufts Medical School
Barnabas Yik is a 4th year medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is originally from California and obtained a Bachelor's degree at UC Berkeley in Bioengineering. Barnabas worked briefly in the biomedical device industry and obtained a Master's of Engineering in Bioengineering at UC San Diego before starting medical school. He has been involved in the Tufts Interpreter Program, Sharewood Project and the Massachusetts Hispanic Medical Association (MAHMA), helping to improve healthcare access for the underserved and limited English-speaking patients. Barnabas is interested in mentoring fellow students and has participated in several mentoring events and health fairs. He is pursuing internal medicine and may specialize in the future. In his spare time, Barnabas enjoys hiking, tennis, playing board games, and making milk tea.
Camila Tyminski, MD Candidate
Boston University School of Medicine
Camila Tyminski is a second-year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine. She grew up in Dorchester, a part of Boston, and went to Boston University to obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry/ Molecular Biology. After graduating in 2015, Camila went straight into medical school. In medical school, she conducts epigenetics research, volunteers with a Down Syndrome organization and mentoring events, is a member of the student government, and involved with the Massachusetts Medical Society. Outside of medical school, Camila likes to hike, ski, sail on the Boston Harbor, bake, and catching up with friends. She is not sure what specialty she wants to pursue yet but knows she would like to be involved with surgery.
Jeda E. Machal
Phlebotomy & EKG Technician
University of Massachusetts Boston, Bachelors Candidate (EHS/Nursing)
Jeda completed with honors a double-degree program in Phlebotomy & Electrocardiography (EKG) at the Medical Professional Institute in Massachusetts. During her intense, successful externship at Tufts Medical Center, which she also passed with high honors, Jeda re-discovered her lifelong passion for healthcare. Coming from a family of at least four generations of physicians, Jeda felt this passion for healthcare was in her blood all along. To pursue her dream, Jeda successfully completed nursing pre-requisites and is in her journey to become a healthcare provider. Two of her current health courses, exercise and nutrition, have had a significant impact on Jeda and led to her becoming mindful of the importance of body movement i.e. kinesthesiology, and healthy eating. To that effect, Jeda has started a steady exercise program and making better food choices.
Born and raised in Boston, Jeda has strong attachments to her Hispanic roots. She has an extensive track record of community service, volunteering in non-profit organizations, teaching children, and helping disenfranchised communities. She also has broad volunteer experience with medical organizations helping with events planning and development, among others, and assisting in health fairs with set-up, health literature distribution and performing health screenings. Some of the multiple awards and recognitions Jeda has from medical and non-medical organizations include the Exemplary Youth Award granted by The Massachusetts Puerto Rican Festival/ El Jolgorio's Certificate of Honor “for your being a distinguished youth, pride of Puerto Rico; for your effort in improving yourself and the accomplishments you obtained. You are a great example for our youth” and the prestigious Honor Roll Induction from the Massachusetts Hispanic Medical Association (MAHMA). With the latter, Jeda holds several positions including serving as a liaison between college students and MAHMA.